Saints quarterback Drew Brees learned on Wednesday that Bucs safety Dashon Goldson is no longer suspended, after winning his appeal regarding his punishment for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Saints’ Darren Sproles in last Sunday’s game. Goldson’s one game suspension has been now reduced to $100,000 fine.
The normally measured Brees gave a strong reaction.
“He certainly has no regard for the rules in the middle. He’s going after guys’ heads. You can see it,” Brees said. “Obviously $100,000 is a pretty hefty fine…He’s had a lot of those.”
Since 2010, Goldson actually has tallied 15 personal fouls, the most in the league.
“I got no sympathy for that,” Brees said. “Obviously I care for our guys and I don’t want to see that happen to our guys. And I know the rules. It’s tough for guys playing the safety position. In the middle, things happen fast. But then again, there’s some instances where it’s pretty obvious that a guy was going after another guy’s head. And that happened on at least two occasions in our game.”
Adding insult to injury, Goldson winked at the cameras Sunday after he was penalized for his hit on Sproles, which accounted for Goldson’s second penalty for unnecessary roughness in the first two weeks of the this season. Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in the Buccaneers’ Week 1 game against the New York Jets.